Health Sciences - Epidemiology, M.Sc. | Erasmus University Rotterdam | Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Health Sciences - Epidemiology

12 months
14700 EUR/year
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The Master programme in Health Sciences - Epidemiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)  aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of methods in either clinical or public health research.


Epidemiology plays an integral role in the application of medical research to populations, interacting with almost every other specialism.

Epidemiology studies the incidence, causes, consequences and control of disease, as well as people, patients and populations. It is a fundamental discipline for clinical medicine and public health. It may, together with basic science and clinical research, provide tools to learn about the etiology and consequences of diseases, the possibilities for prevention and treatment and the risk profiles of individuals and populations. Using advanced methods such as statistical analyses, field research and complex laboratory techniques, epidemiologists map various elements of a disease and the ways they are related.

Depending on the choice of major, the candidate will focus on for example observational population studies, randomized controlled clinical trials, public health interventions, registry data or modeling studies.


  • The student is able to translate a (clinical) epidemiologic, public health or health care problem into a scientific research question.
  • The student is able to translate a scientific research question in the area of (clinical) epidemiology, public health or health care into a research protocol and/or proposal.
  • The student is able to conduct a systematic literature review of a clinical or public health issue.
  • The student has knowledge about quantitative methods and the ability to apply this knowledge in preparing, performing, analysing and interpreting research.
  • The student understands core concepts of etiologic (causality), prognostic, diagnostic, prevention, and intervention research.

Career opportunities

The programme in Health Sciences - Epidemiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) prepares you for a career in international medical research or for executive or advisory positions in clinical medicine, public health, pharmaceutical research, or health policy.


This programme is NVAO accredited. 

Programme Structure

Course structure 

  • First semester: methodological, statistical and programme specific courses.
  • Second semester: individual research project and advanced elective courses.
  • Research: Your individual research project will be supervised by leading professors and senior researchers, with the objective of delivering a high quality scientific research paper.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The programme starts with the Erasmus Summer Programme.




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should fit each of the following criteria:  
  • You have a relevant Master’s degree in clinical medicine, public health, health sciences, clinical technology, nutrition, (medical) biology, pharmacy, human movement sciences, psychology, health economics, or a broad master’s education with subjects in these disciplines;
  • You have experience with performing research and have interest in performing quantitative research.
  • You have already (co-)authored a few scientific publications.
  • You have a good working command of the English language, both oral and written. For more information please

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14700 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Rotterdam

760 - 1265 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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